THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF U.S. MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN SOMALIA
AND THE HUNT FOR GENERAL AIDEED IN THE SMOKING RUINS OF MOGADISHU.
long time correspondent in Somalia, M.M. Afrah was there when military
dictator, Major-General Mohamed Siyad Barre came to power
in a military and police coup in October 1969.
there when General Barre was ousted from power by poorly equipped
and poorly trained youths in beach sandals. He was there when
the US Marines, SEALs (The navy's Sea, Air and Land) and Army
Rangers stormed the beaches of Mogadishu in December 1993
to spearhead an international task force code-named Operation
was there to see them leave. He watched as their initial goodwill
turn into impotent rage, and saw their efforts to impose a
Western-style democracy end in fiasco. It cost the United
Nations and the Americans billions of dollars and the lives
of several US and UN soldiers end up in body bags.
to escort food aid to the needy ended in disaster in spite
of the US Army's hi-tech military gadgets, included Cobra
and Black Hawk helicopters. Hundreds of innocent Somalis died
in the process.
article in the British edition of ESQUIRE magazine of April
1995, Aidan Hartley, who worked with Mr. Afrah in Africa,
described the Author's frontline reporting as BRAVARY UNDER
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